A case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed in a service worker at the Token Lounge at 28949 Joy Road in Westland, according to the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness.
Wayne County Health officials are advising people who consumed beverages from the Token Lounge between November 20 and December 4, 2017 to watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay-colored stool, fever, chills, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).
Hepatitis A symptoms occur between 15 and 50 days after exposure and can last for several weeks to months and can occasionally be fatal.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine preventable disease. If Hepatitis A vaccine or immunoglobulin is given within 14 days of exposure, it can prevent illness. Patrons who consumed beverages at Token Lounge between December 1 and 4, 2017 can still get vaccinated by December 18 to prevent the disease.
The facility was inspected on December 13. It is open for business and working with the department during the investigation. Health Department staff will offer Hepatitis A vaccinations to the employees of the facility.
With the recent increase of Hepatitis A cases, especially in retail and food service industry, Wayne County Health urges all residents to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Individuals should consult with their physician to determine if they should receive the vaccine through their provider.
If you do not have insurance coverage, Hepatitis A vaccine is available at the Wayne County Health Department Clinic located at 33030 Van Born Road in Wayne. Vaccine may also be available at many other clinics and pharmacies.
The best ways to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A are:
- Get your Hepatitis A vaccine
- Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom or changing a diaper
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water during food preparation and before eating food
- Avoid consuming undercooked or raw shellfish
- Do not prepare food for others if you are ill
More information about Hepatitis A is available at www.michigan.gov/hepatitisaoutbreak or call Wayne County at 734-727-7078.
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